26 May 2016

Project Manager/Chief of Party Job Opportunity - World Vision International

Organisation: World Vision International
Reports to: Technical Program Manager Education
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
World Vision Uganda is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child, Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”

About Project:
World Vision is planning to implement an education project in 10 districts in North and Central Uganda. The project will contribute towards reduction in new HIV infections among adolescent girls by increasing girls’ access and retention in positive secondary school environments in the selected districts.

Job Summary: The Project Manager/Chief of Party will provide over all technical and administrative leadership for the project. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management and execution and ensure quality and timeliness of project deliverables within budget and compliance targets. The incumbent will also serve as the primary liaison with the donor and key stakeholders on management and technical matters relating to the project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Translate project goals and objectives into implementation strategies and plans and oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Manage the design and execution of a rapid assessment to identify the most important causes of adolescent girls “dropping out,” focusing on critical issues both in the school environment and in the community.
  • Offer technical support and assistance to ensure appropriate solutions that engages multiple stakeholders at different levels from the community and at the district to address the drivers of drop out for this targeted population are designed and implemented.
  • Ensure internal integration of project activities through 1) an annual work plan and budgeting process, 2) creating/maintaining an effective project management team, 3) overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system
  • Oversee the coordination of project activities with a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries, including implementing partners, District education offices, School Management committees, Head teachers, teachers, civil society, and other program partners
  • Maintain productive working relationships with donor, project partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Manage the preparation of project reports and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement and provide briefings to funding donor as requested/required
  • In accordance with WV policies, implement measures and practices to ensure high levels of staff engagement, development and retention

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The COP should hold a master’s degree in education, social work, or a related field.
  • At least nine years of relevant field experience in educational development, with specific experience in working directly with diverse stakeholder groups, such as School Management Committees, parents, teachers, youth, students, community-based organizations, local government and other stakeholders to protect children, reduce gender-based violence in schools and improve retention.
  • Proven exposure and experience in Child protection, HIV/AIDS and education sector within the Uganda context, particularly topics related to safe schools, Teacher Code of Conduct, school-related gender-based violence and community engagement for improved retention and learning outcomes.
  • Technical knowledge of child protection systems for prevention/ reporting/response, and dropout prevention/student retention strategies
  • Previous exposure and experience using social mobilization/behavior change approaches at multiple levels (national, district, community, school, and individual) preferred.
  • Previous experience working on similar projects in a similar capacity preferred.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • The incumbent should be able to live by the World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting World Vision International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.

Please follow instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World Vision’s e-recruitment portal.  Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 4th June, 2016

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